Next year’s focus will be determined by the needs assessment study to be completed Summer of 2019.

Focus – Girls Self-Esteem and Empowerment

To be announced shortly

Focus – Girls Self-Esteem and Empowerment

RISE San Luis Obispo County - $40,000 over 2 years
To support funding for the Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Counseling Program that provides no cost therapy to survivors of sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence. Projected that 130 girls under the age of 18 will receive small group and individual counseling services.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing - $25,000
Funding for C.E.L.E.B.R.E. (College Enrollment for Latinas Entering Bright Rewarding Educations) program that will pair 25 community volunteer mentors with 25 low-income Latina girls with a focus on college preparation.

See the 2018 grant recipient video here

Focus – Girls Self-Esteem and Empowerment

Big Brothers Big Sisters School Based Program in Nipomo - $10,000
To support “Girlstart” STEM curriculum to Nipomo Elementary girls with high school and college students mentoring once per week for one year.

Boys & Girls Club of South San Luis Obispo County - $15,500
To support 12-month mentorship programing through SMART Girls Curriculum with Cal Poly Students using SMART Girls curriculum targeting 40 girls ages 8-16 from Lucia Mar School District.

Affordable Housing Paso Robles Oak Park Coding Club - $4,000
To support an after-school coding and application building program for girls in 4th through 10th grade from a low-income neighborhood in Paso Robles. Girls will meet once per week with mentoring by college engineering students.

French Hospital Medical Center Foundation - $15,500 over 2 years
To support 16 Dove Girl’s Self Esteem Workshops being offered at two San Luis Obispo schools (Pacheco and C.L. Smith) to 192 girls ages 8-12 from low-income families to build body confidence and self-esteem.

Focus – Girls Self-Esteem and Empowerment

Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County - $15,000
Single year program providing support for collaboration with Soroptimist International of San Luis Obispo to implement a one-year self-esteem building program, Dream It, Be It, to increase positive Identity Assets in girls.

Boys & Girls Club of North SLO County - $40,000 over three years
This three-year plan to strengthen and expand the current Boys & Girls Club of America SMART Girls curriculum. The program is structured to include education on healthy lifestyles, relationship management, and sexual health and peer pressure bullying, which is in congruence with WLF priorities.

Focus – Mental HealtH

Big Brothers Big Sisters - $5,000
To enhance self-esteem for Latina elementary school girls through their partnering with high school and college aged role models in the Nipomo School Based Mentoring program.

Community Counseling Center - $5,000
To provide therapy for low-income women and girls through individual and group therapy strategies. Services will be targeted toward college aged young adults, adolescents (ages 14-17), Latinas and older women age 65+.

RISE - $5,000
To provide no/low cost, individual and group counseling by MFT therapists to sexual assault/abuse and intimate partner violence survivors and their loved ones.

South County Youth Coalition - $6,820
The Latina Empowerment Program, to train current bilingual, bicultural community health educators to assist other Latinas in the Oceano community to recognize mental health issues and connect them with mental health resources.

Women’s Shelter Program - $10,000
To address depression and stress in traumatized Spanish-speaking domestic violence victims through peer-driven, culturally competent counseling services.

Focus- Education

Big Brothers Big Sisters - $5,000
To support approximately 25 Latina elementary and high school students’ participation in the Nipomo School-Based Mentoring Program.

Bakari Project at Cal Poly - $7,500
To develop and implement a year-long college preparation component for 18 at-risk and under- served SLO County high school females.

Paso Robles Housing Authority -$1,500
To support job training for girls and young women in the Youth Works after-school and summer programs.

SLO County Child Abuse Prevention Program -$6,000
To provide three Promotoras with role models/mentoring and financial assistance to attend college preparation classes and to participate in college re-entry programs.

UC Cooperative Extension SLO County - $5,000
To increase opportunities for 40 Latina youth and adult mentors in SLO County to enrich their science and leadership skills through “SLO Scientists” and participate in the annual Leadership, Education and Development Conference.

Focus- Economic Independence

Community Action Partnership Child Care Resource Connection - $5,160
To nurture quality child care with rich educational curriculum in the sciences and math. Fifteen child care providers will be trained in “Mighty Math” to build mathematic skills in home-based child care programs.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing - $9,600
To hire an educator for two years to provide quality after school care and education for an additional 20 K-5 children in the Canyon Creek Apartment complex in Paso Robles.

Women’s Shelter Program of SLO County - $5,240
To support the “Economic Independence Program” for female domestic violence victims, providing job skills development and financial literacy education.

Focus – Basic Needs

ALPHA Pregnancy Counseling & Family Support Center - $1,500
To assist 400 low-income mothers with emergency-need for diapers for Newborns & up to one- year olds.

Assistance League - $3,000
To support Sue’s Stars – a program providing school clothing for 7th and 8th grade students which will assist 30 girls from low-income families

North County Women’s Shelter - $1,500
To provide childcare for mothers residing in shelters so they can attend counseling, case management and other appointments in order to achieve self-sufficiency

Transitional Food & Shelter - $4,000
To provide 258 shelter nights of temporary, emergency shelter for homeless women and girls in medically fragile families

Tenth Anniversary Impact Grant (2012)

CAPSLO - Child Care Resource Connection - $41,075
To support Business Management Training for Child Care Providers through group training for English and Spanish speaking child care provider business owners who currently operate family child care homes or center-based programs. These will be followed by individualized consultations and assistance provided by CCRC staff.

Focus – Women and Health

ALPHA Pregnancy Counseling & Family Support Center - $1,500
To support outreach and educational resources in English and Spanish for the Post-Partum Depression Support Line.

North County Women’s Shelter & Resource Center - $3,000
To provide Individual and Group Counseling for women and their children who are survivors of domestic violence and residing in shelters.

Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center - $2,000
To support the Sexual Assault Counseling Program to restore individuals to a level of functioning that predates the assault through a process of empowerment and risk-reduction education

SLO County Child Abuse Prevention Council - $1,500
To launch Beginnings Shared Leadership, a pilot project targeting mothers in substance use recovery, which will hone their leadership, communication and team-work skills to serve as a Beginnings Community Representative.

Women’s Shelter Program of SLO - $2,000
To provide mental health counseling for female domestic violence victims.

Focus – Women and Education

American Association of University Women-SLO - $1,500
To provide 2 scholarships for girls to attend Tech Trek—an AAUW Statewide science and math camp for girls.

Avila Beach Sea Life Center - $3,500
To underwrite a new one-week marine science camp for girls ages 12-16 to be implemented in June 2011.

Big Brothers Big Sisters - $3,000
To support girls through a School-Based Mentoring Program pairing 30 high school and college aged mentors with elementary school students.

Focus-Women and Economic Independence

Community Action Partnership of SLO County-$1,500
“North County Self-Sufficiency Project for Women” to assist the region’s unemployed homeless women in preparing for job interviews and entering the workforce by providing them with bus tokens and vouchers to receive clothing and a haircut.

Transitional Food & Shelter Program - $4,000
“Emergency Shelter for Medically Disabled Homeless Women” to provide 238 shelter nights for homeless medically fragile women and their families.

Women’s Shelter Program of SLO-$2,500
“Women’s Self-Sufficiency Program” to address the financial planning and management needs of domestic violence victims in order to better secure these individuals’ safety, self-sufficiency and economic independence.

Focus-Women’s Role in Society

Big Brothers Big Sisters - $3,500
“Nipomo High School Bigs Mentoring Initiative” to support a new program utilizing high school girls to mentor elementary school girls in Nipomo.

EOC of SLO County - $2,500
“Y-CARE? Peer Education Project” to develop teen leaders and educators focused on reducing teen pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and HIV disease.

Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Center - $2,500
“Girls Empowerment After-School Enrichment Program” to empower middle school and high school girls through awareness, assertiveness and physical skills.

SLO County Child Abuse Prevention - $1,500
“Strengthening the Family” to support mentoring groups for women on probation to develop their roles as parents.

Focus-Women and the Social Environment

Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens - $450
To fund Healthcare ID Program facilitating timely and appropriate care for persons with memory impairment.

Sexual Assault Recovery & Prevention Program - $2500
To help fund a Women's Empowerment and Self Defense Program supporting self-defense and empowerment workshops for women and girls.

SLO Legal Alternatives - $2000
To fund a restraining order program providing restraining orders for senior women clients who are victims of elder abuse.

Transitional Food & Shelter, Inc.- $2000
To fund a Motel Voucher/Apartment Program providing shelter for medically frail or disabled homeless women.


Community Counseling Center $2,000
To support therapy services for women who are low income and uninsured.

Planned Parenthood - $2,500
To support “Amiga a Amiga” which will recruit, train, and supervise teen Latinos to share family planning and reproductive health information and referrals with high-risk peers toward the prevention of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.

Women’s Shelter of SLO County - $3,000
To fund start-up of "Safe and Sober" support groups for women struggling with depression/anxiety and substance abuse issues.

Focus-Economic Independence

EOC Childcare Resource Connection - $2,400
To conduct Early Childhood Education credited training for childcare providers focusing on infants and toddlers, which will increase quality childcare slots.

Mission Community Services Corporation - $3,000
To support training costs for "From Vision to Venture", a 14-week self-employment training class for low to moderate income women.

Peoples’ Self-Help Housing Corporation - $600
To support a social worker to work with single mothers and their teenage daughters who reside at the Schoolhouse Lane Apartments affordable housing complex.


Cinco de Mayo Scholarship Committee de Paso Robles - $3,000
To support Bound for College, a college preparation program that targets 9th grade Latinas in the Paso Robles School District with tutoring, skill building, mother-daughter workshops, and college field trips in order to increase college attendance.

Soroptimists of San Luis Obispo - $1,000
To support the Women’s Opportunity Award. This award program identifies and awards head of household women from around the county who need financial assistance as they pursue education or skill building in preparation to re-enter the workforce